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    John 3:22-36
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    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John the Baptist makes his final appearance in the Gospel and utters his most significant exhortation to his followers regarding the person of Jesus. He is the Son of God who must increase. Jo...
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Proverbs
Sun, Jun 26, 2016
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54 mins 48 secs
Lukus Counterman - Wisdom is skill for living when there is no obvious rule to go by. That is what the book of Proverbs is for – God’s wisdom for complicated lives. A major area where wisdom helps us is friendship. Without friends, people suffer a painful awareness of being disconnected and alone. One research study concluded that loneliness was a serious personal problem for at least 10% of the general adult population. The first thing in human history that was “not good” was aloneness. Friendship is one of God’s means of comforting hearts and developing community. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.” An accompanying maxim goes like this, “I went out to find a friend but could not find one there. I went out to be a friend, and friends were everywhere.” Don’t let loneliness paralyze you, reach out and be a friend. May the Lord guide us in scripture about how to be a friend and how to find a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
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52 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - This morning, Solomon is going to show us that we we need more than a list of rules and principles to find true life. What we need is trust. We need trust in God written deep on our hearts as we hurry through life’s complex decisions, moment by moment. Apart from an entire, exclusive and exhaustive trust in the Lord, we find false security in life’s plenty and confusion or threat in its troubles. But, with trust in God deep in our souls, we find the path to true life, and we find our souls coming alive more and more. Irenaeus, the early Christian theologian, has famously said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” And, that is exactly where Solomon wants to take us in Proverbs 3. Solomon wants to show us where true life is found. This morning, we will find that true life is only found in trusting the Lord.
Proverbs
Sun, Jun 05, 2016
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49 mins 3 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Wisdom is the word (hokmah) in Hebrew, and means “skill” or “expertise.” In Proverbs, it is the skill or expertise of living. Proverbs picks up the details of life that are too small to be caught in the mesh of the law and too fine to be hit with the broadside of the prophet. Proverbs talks about things like the type of person you want to live with or employ. It speaks to things like managing your affairs, your time, and even yourself. It addresses people like that neighbor woman who talks too much, or that cheerful soul who is unbearable in the early morning. It deals with the friend who is always dropping in, or the child who wanders about aimlessly. But don’t mistake Proverbs for a portrait album of different types of people, or a simple a book of manners or moralisms. The book of Proverbs holds all of life up to an overarching question “Is this wisdom or folly?” The wisdom taught here is God-centered because even the most down-to- earth elements talk about handling life in God’s world in submission to God’s will. (Prov. 22:19) “I have made them known to you today… that your trust may be in the LORD.”
Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, May 29, 2016
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49 mins 29 secs
Speakers: Jon Kopp - In today’s passage, Paul wants us to see all the enemies of the child of God “swirling around us. He wants us to imagine the worst case scenarios. He wants us to ask the tough questions, to see if the love of God remains credible even then. And he admits, Yes, life beats us up. We get bloodied all along the way. But in it all, there is a love that will not let us go. God’s love will not allow our faith to die, because his love undergirds our faith. We waver. We weep. We agonize. But, we get back up again and say, ‘I will trust God. He must have a good reason for this. I go on with God.’ Why do we do this? Why don’t we give up on God? Because God loves us. His love created our faith. His love undergirds our faith. His love is deepening our faith. And He is going to bring us by our faith through all our afflictions, more like Christ and more fit to be with Christ.” (Raymond Ortlund)
Standalone Messages
Sun, May 22, 2016
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43 mins 31 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - How many times does a Christian have to be rejected until they stop sharing their faith? Have you noticed that It does not take much opposition to cause believers to question if the Message of Christ is Sufficient for our Pluralistic Society? Being a real Christian in western culture is not becoming easier. To be an outspoken Christian is frowned upon. Preaching the exclusivity of Christ is the quickest way to be labeled intolerant and a bigot. Many Christians are tempted to question if a life of intentional ministry is worth all of the trials and hardships that come with it. Is the Message of Christ sufficient for today? How are we to live a life of ministry in a culture that redefines truth, undermines Scriptural authority and challenges everything? How do we communicate the sufficiency of Christ to our culture? Thankfully, God gave us the Apostle Paul for an example. Paul faced many afflictions for the Gospel. In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul recounts his imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecks, hunger, sleepless nights, and the constant pressure regarding the health of the churches. On top of all this, false teachers were incessantly opposing him. Some had apparently come into the church of Corinth and attacked Paul by saying he was weak, dishonest, and a corrupter of God’s Word. If anyone had an earthly reason to give up and lose heart, it was Paul. His response was not to commend himself but rather remind the Corinthian believers of what God had done in their lives. He then let their testimony stand as a letter of recommendation commending the authenticity of His ministry. With this backdrop, Paul in 2 Cor. 4 declares what true ministry should look like in the midst of a hostile environment. He reminds us that the message of Christ is sufficient.
Standalone Messages
Sun, May 15, 2016
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43 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Psalm 96, the writer calls upon all the people of the earth and all the elements of nature to praise the Lord who is infinitely greater than all the gods of the nations. He alone created all things. He alone rules all things. He alone is coming back to judge the world in righteousness. So this morning let us sing to the Lord. Let us worship him in the beauty of holiness. Let us ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. And may our worship resound to the nations of the earth that they might join us in praising the true and living God.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, May 08, 2016
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48 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Before we ever went, God called us to “Come.” Before we ever sought, God revealed himself and said, “Behold Me.” When the gulf between us and God was as far as the heavens from the earth, God displayed his love to span the distance. He sent his inspired and incarnate Word like rain to quench the thirst of our parched souls. In Isaiah 55:10-13 we find that God’s Word, like rain, will fulfill it’s purpose, fundamentally change us, and in the end bring Him glory. Even before we study the text together this morning, would you pray and ask God to cause hearts that are like the desert to bloom and souls that are like the barren heights to sprout. Would you pray and ask God to send His Word like rain.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, May 01, 2016
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51 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - We are often tempted to think we must clean ourselves up to be worthy of God’s concern. But that is to misunderstand God and his saving grace. In our desperate thirst and poverty God says, “Come, buy and eat!” His love and grace come to us not because we have been so good but because he has been so gracious. In light of the mercy secured for God’s people by the “arm of the Lord (Is. 53:1), the call for repentance goes out. God’s invitation echoes through creation calling us to seek, hear, and come to the Lord. As we behold God’s righteousness and are honest about our sin, we become able to experience his saving forgiveness. We turn to the Lord and forsake our unrighteous ways. Then we enter into the movement of divine generosity, proclaiming his grace and caring for others in need.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Apr 24, 2016
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50 mins 56 secs
Speaker: Jonathan Albright - We live in a day when it seems that you can find a worship service that meets the expectations of almost anyone, no matter what those expectations are. Should the service include a large choir, no choir, worship band? Is the format to reflect strict formal liturgy that is highly structured, or free flowing and spontaneous? Does the music have to represent a particular style? - loud music, soft music, mainly singing worship choruses, or should it mainly be hymns? Such considerations surface an important question. What are the characteristics of healthy church worship? Our text this morning provides us with an illuminating glimpse into the Apostle Paul’s understanding of the corporate worship of the early church and highlights for us three characteristics by which we should measure the health of our church worship.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Apr 17, 2016
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42 mins 37 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - If it were not for the truth unfolded in Isaiah 53, there would be no possibility for the gracious invitation set forth in Isaiah 55. Throughout this entire section (chapters 49-57), God is presenting His chosen Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer of Israel and the whole world. Jesus’ rejection at his first coming was foreknown and plainly predicted. It would be through His suffering and satisfying work on the cross that guilty sinners like us could find peace with God and pardon for all of our transgressions. Because of Jesus’ saving work, God can offer the gracious invitation for all men everywhere to partake of His salvation. You see, only in Christ can bankrupt and destitute humanity find satisfaction and fulfillment. There is a longing in every heart that only Jesus can satisfy. So he calls to us this morning, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live!”